Coming to New York from October 11th through the 15th, the 2017 Woodstock Film Festival promises to be the best one yet! Having established itself as one of the absolute finest independent film festivals in the US, it is known for premiering outstanding films by both well-established and new filmmakers. The event also includes exciting A-list parties, concerts, and expert panels. Filmmakers, industry members, film lovers, and the media all rave about this popular event, but with over 120 screenings to choose from, it could be a bit overwhelming. So here are a few of our picks based on what we know so far.
Extremely well done, this delightful film focuses on a brilliant scientist, her lab, and her relationship with her coworkers and employees. While working passionately on a research project, her poor attitude and behavior towards colleagues and employees causes enough problems that she is forced to undergo sensitivity training to keep from having her project shut down. As soon as the sensitivity trainer enters, hilarity ensues. Enjoy the ride!
MARATHON: The Patriots Day Bombing
Powerful and important, this film is about the survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings and their journey following that horrific event, the power of the human spirit, and where they are today. Three of these incredible survivors will be at the screening to speak with the audience. You will find yourself inspired by these brave souls and their bright spirits.
Paint It Black
You may remember Amber Tamblyn from one of her many acting roles in hits including The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Joan of Arcadia, House, or Two and a Half Men. This film marks her directorial debut and stars Alia Shawkat from Arrested Development. They will both be at the film’s premiere. About grief and how to deal with the death of a lover, as well as the messy relationship with his mother, this film is dark, poetic, and emotional. Prepare to be swept away.
This documentary follows the transition of a young adult from being a female to a male – and the impact of that transition on him, his mother, his neighbors, and his family. It takes you along through this challenging process in a funny and touching way. The protagonist is so endearing that you can’t help rooting for him, and you find yourself right there with him throughout the entire process. Illuminating, and truly well done.
Bad Vegan and the Teleportation Machine
Quirky, funny, and even a bit silly, this story about a teleportation experiment gone bad is absolutely nothing like The Fly, so don’t worry about being grossed out. Instead, it’s utterly irreverent, and actress Brianne Berkson is simply amazing. For a smart film that is also light and incredibly entertaining, this is a great pick. Perfect for a date or night out with friends!
Be sure to make your reservations at The Time NYACK hotel if you’re planning to attend all or some of these exciting premieres or other activities at the 2017 Woodstock Film Festival. And be sure to buy your tickets early, as many films and other events sell out!